Friday, July 17, 2009

Bill Gates on Google Chrome OS

Bill Gates is one of the sceptics on Google Chrome OS. For him, the vagueness of Google's announcement makes the OS look more interesting than it actually is.
Steve Ballmer goes a bit further, saying that a browser-centric OS is not the best path, as people spend most of their time on their computer not using their browser. 
However is this changing? For most of my daily work, I open a browser. To read my email, I open a browser.  To check the news, I open a browser. To give a product demo, I open a browser! (ok, sometimes I run a VM, and open a browser in the VM...). Even non-browser applications often will gather their data using web services (or browser APIs).
 Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we're already talking to partners about the project, and we'll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
They also say, that it is separate from Android, multi-platform, and is there to support Google's web-based applications (which will continue to work cross-platform themselves). A major change is that the minimum system required will not need Microsoft any more. However we need to see what percentage of people are happy to depart from using MS Office applications. If that happens, I can see an exodus from the MS centric home computer as a real possibility.

2 comments:

CaveManHarris said...

If Google can come up with an interface for whatever they want to call this new OS they are going to have to make the interface and use of the system much more friendlier than the current Linux distributions that are out there with Linux as its core...

Ubuntu so far in my opinion has the best interface yet but still lacks many changes to make it in line with what the normal user can do in Windows.

The Sales Engineer Guy said...

Thanks for the comment CaveManHarris. Having seen many Google tools already, I am sure they will put their best minds onto the interface. Windows 7 and Snow Leopard do put the bar pretty high up, so Google have their work cut out for them